How to Train a Shih Tzu Puppy Easy Tricks

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2-6 Weeks
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Introduction

Shih Tzu puppies are filled with personality. They are adorable and easy to love. Your Shih Tzu could entertain you all day with his antics and affection. But when it comes to training, he could be a tad bit stubborn. He’ll learn basic commands and fun tricks, but prepared to repeat commands several times before he bothers to care. Easy tricks should come with a huge price in the form of a delicious treat reward and lots of time training. When you start training your Shih Tzu easy tricks, he’ll start to see just how fun and rewarding learning can be and building new tricks will become easier.

Easy tricks are the best place to start with your puppy. Starting with the 'sit' command and building up to fun, simple tricks is a great place to start with basic training for your Shih Tzu. He will have fun, build his cuteness skills, and learn a few things too. 

Defining Tasks

Don’t let anyone convince you your sweet Shih Tzu is too stubborn to train. That’s not true. Positive reward training works great for Shih Tzu pups because they are motivated by enticing rewards. But to keep your Shih Tzu engaged enough to learn even the simplest of tricks, he’ll need redirection as well. You’ll need to show him the opposite consequence if he doesn’t do the trick. If his rewards are not enticing enough, up the ante with some dried liver or tiny bits of cut up steak. Your Shih Tzu puppy will work for food. Start simple trick training as early as you can. Let your little guy know just how boring life can be without fun tricks. Start with one trick and repeat it several times before moving onto the next trick. This could take weeks.

Getting Started

In order to train even easy tricks, your Shih Tzu will need quiet and short training sessions with you. Make these free of distractions and keep them short so you can keep your fuzzball’s attention. Don’t forget those highly rewarding treats to entice as well as encourage him to keep learning. If you need to keep your little guy focused and in one place for training, you can place him on a leash to have better control over him. 

The High Fives Method

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Sit
Have your Shih Tzu sit and give him a treat for obeying this command.
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Second treat
Show your Shih Tzu a second treat by holding it up near his nose but do not allow him to have it. Move it slightly out of his reach.
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Command
Give your Shih Tzu the command "high five" and touch one of his paws with the hand holding the treat.
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Paw up
Your Shih Tzu's nose will likely follow your hand to his paw because you have a treat. Move your hand away and tap his paw again. After a tap, your Shih Tzu will likely lift up his paw.
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Tickle
Once your Shih Tzu has his paw off the ground, gently tickle it with your fingers to get it to lift higher.
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Repeat command
Say the command "high five" one more time. And after tickling his paw once his paw touches your hand in a high-five motion, give him that treat.
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Practice a lot
This is an easy trick for your Shih Tzu to learn, but he's going to need some practice and lots of repetition. With practice, you should be able to say the command to 'high-five' and he should lift up his paw and tap it to your hand, expecting the treat once he does so.
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The Dance Method

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Introduce trick
Dancing might be an advanced trick for most dogs. Your Shih Tzu, however, dances all the time automatically. It's just not considered a trick until you recognize it. This also means you need to reward when your Shih Tzu is dancing.
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Sit
Have your Shih Tzu sit by holding a treat up over his nose then and then slowly moving it back towards his tail. He will likely sit just to follow the treat with his nose. When he does, say the command "sit" and give him the treat he's earned.
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Fun treat
Hold a treat up over your Shih Tzu's head and use a command such as "dance". Lift the treat up higher, encouraging him to stretch up on his hind legs.
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Reward
As your Shih Tzu rises up taller, give him a treat but be prepared with another treat to get him to move in a dancing position.
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Dancing
With the second treat, move it side to side and back and forth or in a circular motion to get your Shih Tzu to dance.
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Reward often
With practice, your Shih Tzu can stay up on his back paws for a long period of time. Be sure to offer different treats to get him to move in different ways, circling, going backward, forward, or even side to side in a dancing formation.
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Practice
With lots of practice, your Shih Tzu should be able to dance on command going in all the directions you have taught him. Be sure to give him treats throughout his dance to keep him going.
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The Obedience Commands Method

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The commands
The easiest tricks to teach your Shih Tzu are going to be the few basic obedience commands. These commands will be 'sit', 'down', 'stay', 'come', and basic leash training. Choose how you're going to train your Shih Tzu, whether positive reward with treats or clicker reward training methods.
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Sit
The 'sit' command is the easiest command to train. Stand in front of your Shih Tzu, hold a treat over his nose, and slowly move the treat back behind his head. As your little guy lifts up his chin to follow the treat back with his nose and eyes in hopes of earning it, he will likely sit down. When he does this, give him the reward of a click and treat or just the treat you have in your hand if you are not clicker training.
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Lie down
Ask your Shih Tzu to sit then entice him to lie down. To do this, take a treat and put it down towards the ground then pull it away from your pup. His nose and mouth will likely follow. In order to reach the treat, he will lie down, stretching his front paws forward and laying his belly and chest to the ground. When he does this, say the command "down" and give him the treat.
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Stay
Ask your Shih Tzu to sit. Give him a treat for obeying this command. Take a step back away from your pup and say the word "stay". If he stays for a moment while you step away from him, quickly come back and give him a reward. Practice this several times taking steps farther away from him as you train.
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Come
If your Shih Tzu learns the 'stay' command, he's going to need to know how to be released from that position. To do this you need to teach him to come. To teach this, say his name and show him a treat. If you need to lean forward to get the treat closer to his nose feel free to do this at first. Say the command "come" and as soon as he gets up to come to you give him the treat. Repeat this often with the command and the reward.
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Leash training
Your Shih Tzu is going to require lots of time training on the leash if you expect him to have leash manners. Put him on a leash, go for a short walk together, even if it's simply inside your home, and give him lots of rewards as long as he's behaving well on the leash. This is positive reward-based training. Practice a lot and reward good behavior.
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Success Stories and Training Questions

Training Success Stories

Success
Basil
Shih Tzu
2 Years

Basil is super smart! From day 1, he was potty trained. I got him in spring when the weather was nice, kept him outside most pf the time and overly praised him when he went "potty" though the difficilt thing could be to tell when he was peeing! The mext morning, he woke me up aggressively licking my face and wouldn't stop even when I gently pushed him away. He was obviously trying to tell me something and it turned out he needed to go potty! After that I began basic commands, starting with sit, which took a couple days for him to get, but once he did, was sp proud amd eager to learn more, down, stay, paw,,... Worked up to 'leave it' being able to place a treat in front of him just days later, he mastered each one quickly and successfully, learned walking on a leash, though having a large field behind our home helped with training off leash until I could trust him on nom busy roads. He knows - sidewalk, stop, wait, car (which add stop of he doesn't stop for them to drive by), also words like park and bench, home, so he knows where we're going and to stop and wait for me at intersections as well as not getting too far ahead. He went through a period where he'd shortcut through parking lots and sich instead of staying on the sidewalk, pushing his limits by trying to walk the side of the road, but persistence, my own focus (he's more likely to misbehave if I'm distracted on my phone) and being consistent- not allowing him to get away with bad behaviour, rewarding for good, now while I don't need treats, I give him one after walks if he's behaved the whole time as well as occasionally during walks - which along with 'leave it' helps him to stay and 'look at me' as well so he's not tempted to run off towards other dogs or people. Looking ahead and preparing as well as always keeping a leash just in case helps. He is learning 'circle' in which he circles and ends in a sit position and that's what he has to do to get his end of walk reward. If I jave more than one treat available, I let him sniff each and he paws at the hand with the treat he wants. He also knows high 5! There are so many words he understands, I can't think of them all! But constantly talking to him, using and repeating tue same words, telling hi im to get to thensidewalk, leave the person or animal alone, I can incorporare these key words into his walks and he knows what I want and expect of him. He also lnows when I'm carrying extra treats and stops and looks at me after good behaviour expecting one! Definitely super bright and only gets into trouble when he doesn't get enlugh exercise or stimulation. He will get bored inside all day and he does need lots of exercise on a regular basis to stay happy but it also keeps him from being destructive. If he needs or wants a walk and doesn't get one, he will grab something he knows he shouldn't chew on and destroy it. The funny thing is, he never takes anything of mine! He knows better! He takes my fiance or daughter's items, but he also sees when I'm sick and will lay by my side and refuse to go out. He's super loyal, a great watch dog and companion, the smartest and bestest friend ever. I wouldn't trade him for the world!

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